Enabling Change

Enabling you to
change the world

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Upcoming workshops in October 2015

Changeology X
Project Makers' Master Class

A deep dive into the thinking and practice of designing behavioural solutions to social, health and environmental problems, in any context, at any scale.

Plus innovation fun as we use some cool collaborative processes to generate buzzworthy projects! Dates, venues, details. Book a place.

Facilitation Skills
Facilitate any gathering with confidence

Lay a solid foundation for facilitating meetings and workshops in any context. Dates, venues, details. Book a place.

Facilitation ZAP!
Magnify the genius of any group

Learn the tricks and tips to generate innovative ideas and creative solutions in any group. Dates, venues, details. Book a place.

New resources for change makers

Tool: Who are your actors?
To make room for more innovation fun in the Changeology workshop, this useful tool had to be trimmed. It's a neat way for a team to figure out who are the best actors to target in socially complex situations. Sometimes the best actors simply aren't obvious, or you could be jumping to wrong conclusions. This tool helps create clarity.
The Actors Matrix.

Outcomes, objectives, blah blah...
The terminology of project design is life-drainingly managerial and colourless. Here is a suite of more self-explanatory terms.
The language of project design.

"Seriously, friends, we need to talk."
There's a problem with the way we design change projects: "Change Project Management 101" is holding us back. There's a better way.
Why "Surprise yourself!" is the missing magic.

Comfy Zone Diagnostic Tool
Decisions, decisions, and so much to think about! This simple tool reminds project designers about the full range of behaviour change strategies available to them and when they should be used.
Download the tool (152k PDF).

Les explains the key ideas in Changeology
in this succinct interview with Rob Hopkins of the UK Transition Network.

Les shows how to use the awesome "If not, then what?" method
It's a way to generate a host of convention-busting ideas amazingly quickly. From the fun session at the North East Landcare Forum 2013.

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How to change a system

Here are 18 ways to change any system, with strategies ranging from weak to strong, inspired by the work of Donella Meadows.

18 Leverage Points.

Expand your mind with Changeology ideas, resources, and real life case studies on Les's BLOG and

LinkedIn Group.

Real-time project-based coaching

Get Les!

Change the world in your own time, with Les Robinson as your friendly coach, using the complete Changeology SELF-DRIVE online project development toolset.
Full details.

Most read articles

The problem with Social Marketing - why you can't sell change like soap
This paper presents a critique of Social Marketing. Why the answer to "wicked" problems requires different approaches. The paper. (140k PDF)

Enabling Change: the process and the theory
Here is the step-by-step methodology and the theoretical background to the Enabling Change method of program design.
The Enabling Change process (260k PDF)
5 Doors Theory (147k PDF). 5 Doors diagram (12k PDF).

Introduction to the Diffusion of Innovations
A succinct introduction to the model of change that focuses on innovation design, viral communications, and satisfying the needs of users. Download (259k PDF)
[This article is very popular. It gets downloaded about 4,000 times a month.]

Changeology, the book

“An enjoyable, inspiring crash course in social change thinking.”

What it's all about.
And where to get it.

“I help teams and organisations to...

SOLVE PUZZLES
I sit down with you to devise 'long fix' solutions to tricky social, health and environmental challenges.
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CULTIVATE THE WISDOM OF GROUPS
I facilitate the collective brilliance of teams, workshops, and conferences.
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GEAR UP YOUR TEAM
I expand people's skills in change management, facilitation, innovation and change thinking.
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MAKE CHOICES EASY
I provide lots of labour-saving tools to improve decision-making.
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- Les Robinson

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